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Parish Deals 9 K's, Outlaws Top Jeff City Video included

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Missouri Southern's Zach Parish threw 7 innings for Joplin, giving up just one run and striking out 9. 

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New Shelter Coming to SEK After 12 Years Video included

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A new animal shelter is coming to rural Southeast Kansas -- one that's been in the works for the past *12* years.  Elizabeth Wehlage, Castaways Board Member:"We've always been just really big animal lovers." That love for animals is why Chris and Elizabeth Wehlage got involved in the castaways animal shelter three years ago.. A project that's been in the works in Neosho County Kansas for over 12 years

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Pittsburg's Cicero Signs with Ottawa Baseball Video included

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Tye Cicero just finished up his senior year at Pittsburg High School, and is playing this summer with the Post 64 legion team out of Pittsburg. 

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Emergency Workers Establish Better Communication After Simulation Video included

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"If I understand other responders' roles, then I can help them do their jobs better,"

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Couple Sentenced for Financially Exploiting An Elderly Man Video included

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A McDonald County, Missouri couple is sentenced for a 2016 crime involving kidnapping. On October 25th, 2016, McDonald County Sheriff's deputies responded to 321 West Sarratt Road in Goodman regarding a well-being check involving an elderly man. According to court documents, when authorities arrived they found a 79-year-old man in a room with a padlock on the outside of the door. The victim told deputies he had been locked in the room for about six months and that the couple h... More>>

Area Pearl Harbor Survivor Honored in Frontenac Video included

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"I wasn't expecting it and I don't deserve it, ha ha. I don't feel like I deserve it anyways" Casey Bangert humbly accepts his Quilt of Honor made by Sooki Fields from the little Balkans Quilt Guild. "They served our country. And it is the recognition to say thank you, it's just a way of saying we appreciate it" says Fields.  Casey isn't your average veteran. He enrolled in the Navy when he was 17 years old, and is one of the few survivi... More>>

Joplin Police Release Drive-By Shooting Update Video included

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Joplin police arrest 17-year-old Jacob Davis in connection to a June 14th, 2018 drive-by shooting. Authorities posted his name and photo on social media the morning of June 18th saying he was wanted for five counts of first degree assault and five counts of armed criminal action. He was arrested later that evening at an apartment complex in Joplin. Today, June 19th, 2018, the Jasper County Prosecutor's Office charged Davis with five counts of shooting from a motor ve... More>>

Bee Research Is the Buzz on the MSSU Campus Video included

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Missouri Southern State University is getting into the business of bees Six hives on the MSSU prairie property  will help students learn and help the community too. 

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Petition Filed to Block Missouri Lt. Gov. Appointment Video included

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A World War II veteran is the lead plaintiff in a suit to block the appointment of Mike Kehoe as lieutenant governor. Missouri Governor Mike Parson appointed Senate Majority Floor Leader Kehoe as the state's lieutenant governor on Monday, June 18th, 2018. That same night, Darrell Cope and the Missouri Democratic Party filed the lawsuit asking the Cole County circuit court to declare Parson's action illegal. Missouri's constitution isn't clear on whether a governor has the auth...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 6-19 Video included

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LT. GOVERNOR KEHOE Missouri's new Lieutenant Governor introduced himself yesterday in a news conference.  Governor Mike Parson selected former state Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe as his successor.  Lieutenant Governor Kehoe is a businessman who has represented parts of Central Missouri in the State Senate since 20-11. MERCY CONSTRUCTION SAFETY Mercy hospital says it's toughening its safety requirements for construction system-wide in direct response to the 20-11 ... More>>

Missouri Treasurer Highlights State Investment in Small Business and Agriculture

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State Treasurer Eric Schmitt today announced he has approved over $41 million of new investments in Missouri-based small businesses and agricultural operations since launching his Missouri FIRST initiative in March. In the same time frame, over 70 new Missouri FIRST applications have been approved and eight new banks have applied to become participating lenders in the program. State investments in linked deposits have increased by close to 29% over the past year – a sign o...

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Mohaska Trail Raising Concerns For Southwest Joplin Neighborhood Video included

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    Tonight at the Joplin city council meeting - an emergency ordinance for adjustments to the Mohaska Trail project.     And it's that project, that's bringing some controversy. The Mohaska Trail project is certainly the most recent trail development by the City of Joplin, but it actually was one of the inaugural trails from more than two decades ago.

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Rodeo Bible Camp Video included

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Girard Kansas is the place for a unique summer camp this week. A camp where kids are getting the chance to learn everything there is to know about rodeo.  Bull fighting.. bareback horse riding.. and calf roping. Those are just a few things campers are learning at the 4th annual "Cross Trails Cowboy Ministry" rodeo bible camp.  One of those campers.. is Karson Harris.

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Thousands of Dead Fish in Schell Lake Video included

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"Chaos, ignorance, it's a mess." Vernon County resident, Chris Greer expressing his disappointment in what happened to the lake. "A lot of mad people. There's a lot of people that fish out here, bring their kids out here and fish. A lot of people who survive off of fishing out here" Greer and others at the lake say they wish the Missouri Department of Conservation would have drained the lake differently, a way not resulting in a mass death of mostly Carp.

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Illegal Dumping Problem in Bourbon County Video included

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William Baker is a Bourbon County resident who's dumping his junk the right way. And he wishes others would follow his cue. He says illegal dumping is ruining some of his favorite fishing holes. 

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Judge: Kansas cannot require proof of citizenship to vote

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A federal judge has ruled Kansas cannot require proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, a setback for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in a case with national implications for voting rights. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson sided with voters Monday that Kansas cannot require people who register to vote to provide documents such as a birth certificate, U.S....

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Missouri Has A New Lieutenant Governor

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson appointed state Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe to be the new lieutenant governor on Monday, despite some legal uncertainty about whether he has the authority to fill the position. Missouri's constitution isn't clear on whether a governor has the authority to appoint a lieutenant governor, which is the state's second-ranking executi...

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Funeral Thursday For Kansas Deputies Killed

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Two Kansas deputies killed in the line of duty will be laid to rest Thursday. On Friday, June 15th, 2018, Wyandotte County deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer were shot while transferring an inmate from the courthouse back to jail after a hearing. Authorities say the inmate apparently overpowered the deputies in a gated area behind the courthouse and shot them - possibly with one of their own guns. Officials, at this time, have declined to go into more specifics about how... More>>

Child Endangerment Charges Filed After Multi-County Pursuit

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The Jasper County, Missouri Prosecutor's Office has filed charges after a multi-county police pursuit. 20-year-old Marquis Saunders of Carterville, Missouri is charged with four counts of first degree endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk and one count of resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony. On June 14th, 2018, dispatch received multiple 911 calls about a drive-by shooting at 406 N. Pearl Avenue in Joplin, Missouri. The calls came in a... More>>

Mother Road Part of US Bicycle Route: Ribbon Cutting Marks Start of Big Bam Ride

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Two cycling events both follow Route 66. As the Oklahoma Freewheel comes to a close, the Big Bam Ride begins in Joplin.  After riding 425 miles across Oklahoma and Kansas, roughly five hundred cyclists will be departing on a five-day cycling tour  along historic route 66  for the Big Bam ride. 

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Gubernatorial Straw Poll Puts Kobach in Lead

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GOP Candidates for governor in Kansas took part in a debate and forum in Parsons Saturday night. During the event a straw poll was conducted. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was a clear leader with 51% of the straw poll votes. 

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Fathers Day at the Ballpark Video included

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Some dads in southeast Kansas got to celebrate their Father's Day morning doing something a little unique. A church service.. at the ballpark. It's not peanuts.. hotdogs.. and homeruns. The Community Christian Church of Fort Scott- brought prayer and song to the LaRoche Baseball Complex Diamond.. and focused on making Father's Day memorable for all its dads. One of them.. was Chad Cosens.

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Green Way Outdoors Back in Oklahoma With Cat-fishing Safety Tips Video included

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 "Pretty sure he just got bit!" .And yes, that's the goal of noodling. "Somebody has to shove you in, and you're inside a cave that's real tight and claustrophobic and you're attempting to get bit by a fish" says Kyle Green, the executive director and host of the Green Way Outdoors. The crew is back in Northeast Oklahoma highlighting a tradition Native Americans started in our area hundreds of years ago, noodling. "You stick your hand in there, the...

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Busy Lakes Bring Warning of Caution to Boaters

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Summer boating season has begun and there's a call for caution.

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Rummage Sale helps Animal Shelter deal with Rising Numbers Video included

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Rising numbers in puppy and kitten births prompts a local animal shelter to raise funds.  The SEK Humane Society held a rummage sale behind "The Doggie Bag" resale store in Pittsburg. People could buy books, movies, clothes and other things for as low as a quarter. The sale was held to raise funds for the shelter during kitten and puppy season.. when more of both are being brought into the shelter.

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Local Farm Celebrates a Milestone Video included

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A local farm celebrates seasonal  success with a festival for the community. The Lavender Patch Farm in Fort Scott held it's first ever lavender festival.  It featured live music, food and games, tours, and people could pick their own lavender to use to make wreaths for decoration, to keep bugs away, or keep around for its pleasant smell.  The event served as a celebration for the farm.. one that's been eight years in the making.

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New Mural Welcomes Visitors to Downtown Pittsburg

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The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce building is now adorned with artwork created by Jenna Spencer. Spencer is a City of Pittsburg employee and her spare time a talented artist. The mural harkens back to old-fashioned postcards, with the word Greetings prominently displayed. “I have always loved the ‘Greetings From’ murals that are in major cities around the US,” says Spencer. “I saw this as a perfect opportunity to create one.” Spencer drew ins...

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Wildcat Glades Vandalism Stirs Some Questions Video included

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    An act of vandalism along the walking trails at Wildcat Park sparked some concerns about what exactly is "graffiti art" and when is it acceptable, among other things.

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KCU Joplin Celebrates First Year Video included

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The first class at the new "KCU" medical school in Joplin is winding down its first year. It involved a special celebration tonight. Advanced anatomy and physiology.. early development.. and functions of the brain. Those are just a few things students at "KCU-Joplin" have studied over the past year.  The first class at the new medical school is wrapping up their first year of med school..  and that includes Joplin native Cali Clark. 

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Road Riders Talk Road Safety Video included

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Robert Jackson is an Oklahoman who has been riding motorcycles and trikes for the last 15 years. While on his way to a highway patrol motorcycle awareness training session, he learned just how unsafe the roads can be.

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  • Missouri Democrats Sue Over Lt. Governor Appointment

    Missouri Democrats Sue Over Lt. Governor Appointment

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 10:46 PM EDT2018-06-20 02:46:34 GMT
        The issue of whether the Missouri governor has the authority to appoint a lieutenant governor might be decided in court.      The Missouri Democratic Party announced Tuesday, it's suing to block the appointment of Mike Kehoe.     Governor Mike Parson appointed the former Senate Majority Floor Leader as the state's lieutenant governor Monday.      Kehoe took the oath of office soon after. Both men are Republicans...More >>
        The issue of whether the Missouri governor has the authority to appoint a lieutenant governor might be decided in court.      The Missouri Democratic Party announced Tuesday, it's suing to block the appointment of Mike Kehoe.     Governor Mike Parson appointed the former Senate Majority Floor Leader as the state's lieutenant governor Monday.      Kehoe took the oath of office soon after. Both men are Republicans...More >>
  • Here comes El Nino!

    Here comes El Nino!

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 10:21 PM EDT2018-06-20 02:21:16 GMT
    We have all hear about El Nino and La Nina.  They influence our weather patterns each year.  Now the Heady Pattern sets up in the late summer and runs until the following late summer.  However, El Nino and La Nina affect how the Heady Pattern will behave.  When we have moderate El Nino's and Moderate La Nina's, the cycle length is usually about 45 days long.  When we have nuetral years, we usually end up with a cycle length in the 50s or 60s.  El Nino is ...More >>
    We have all hear about El Nino and La Nina.  They influence our weather patterns each year.  Now the Heady Pattern sets up in the late summer and runs until the following late summer.  However, El Nino and La Nina affect how the Heady Pattern will behave.  When we have moderate El Nino's and Moderate La Nina's, the cycle length is usually about 45 days long.  When we have nuetral years, we usually end up with a cycle length in the 50s or 60s.  El Nino is ...More >>
  • BBB's Latest Tips for Buying a Used Car

    BBB's Latest Tips for Buying a Used Car

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 5:04 PM EDT2018-06-19 21:04:30 GMT
    St. Louis, Mo., June 19, 2018 -- For many consumers, buying a car is second only to buying a home when it comes to big-ticket purchases, and the process can be just as daunting. Choosing a used car is a great investment that allows consumers to purchase a reliable vehicle that fits their needs while still saving money, but the potential risks involved make it all the more important to do your homework first. Michelle Corey, Better Business Bureau (BBB) St. Louis president and CEO, ...More >>
    St. Louis, Mo., June 19, 2018 -- For many consumers, buying a car is second only to buying a home when it comes to big-ticket purchases, and the process can be just as daunting. Choosing a used car is a great investment that allows consumers to purchase a reliable vehicle that fits their needs while still saving money, but the potential risks involved make it all the more important to do your homework first. Michelle Corey, Better Business Bureau (BBB) St. Louis president and CEO, ...More >>
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  • Thousands of Dead Fish in Schell Lake

    Thousands of Dead Fish in Schell Lake

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:20 AM EDT2018-06-19 15:20:24 GMT

    "Chaos, ignorance, it's a mess." Vernon County resident, Chris Greer expressing his disappointment in what happened to the lake. "A lot of mad people. There's a lot of people that fish out here, bring their kids out here and fish. A lot of people who survive off of fishing out here" Greer and others at the lake say they wish the Missouri Department of Conservation would have drained the lake differently, a way not resulting in a mass death of mostly Carp.

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    "Chaos, ignorance, it's a mess." Vernon County resident, Chris Greer expressing his disappointment in what happened to the lake. "A lot of mad people. There's a lot of people that fish out here, bring their kids out here and fish. A lot of people who survive off of fishing out here" Greer and others at the lake say they wish the Missouri Department of Conservation would have drained the lake differently, a way not resulting in a mass death of mostly Carp.

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  • Fort Scott Police: Multiple Vehicles Stolen, 1 Person Arrested

    Fort Scott Police: Multiple Vehicles Stolen, 1 Person Arrested

    Monday, June 18 2018 5:27 PM EDT2018-06-18 21:27:17 GMT

    The Fort Scott Police Department says one suspect has been arrested after five new vehicles were stolen from a dealership. On June 17th, 2018, at about 4:30 in the morning, officers got information about a possible crime in progress at Briggs Automotive (1819 S. Main). When officers got there, they saw several new vehicles leaving the convenience store across the street. Police say they attempted to stop the vehicles as they headed north on U.S. Highway 69. All of the vehicles in q...

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    The Fort Scott Police Department says one suspect has been arrested after five new vehicles were stolen from a dealership. On June 17th, 2018, at about 4:30 in the morning, officers got information about a possible crime in progress at Briggs Automotive (1819 S. Main). When officers got there, they saw several new vehicles leaving the convenience store across the street. Police say they attempted to stop the vehicles as they headed north on U.S. Highway 69. All of the vehicles in q...

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  • Man found dead in river near Springfield is identified

    Man found dead in river near Springfield is identified

    A man found dead in a river near Springfield has been identified, but the cause of death remains under investigation.More >>
    A man found dead in a river near Springfield has been identified, but the cause of death remains under investigation.More >>
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  • AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history

    AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 1:44 AM EDT2018-06-20 05:44:41 GMT
    (AP Photo/File). FILE - In this March 30, 1942 file photo, Cpl. George Bushy, left, a member of the military guard which supervised the departure of 237 Japanese people for California, holds the youngest child of Shigeho Kitamoto, center, as she and he...(AP Photo/File). FILE - In this March 30, 1942 file photo, Cpl. George Bushy, left, a member of the military guard which supervised the departure of 237 Japanese people for California, holds the youngest child of Shigeho Kitamoto, center, as she and he...
    AP Explains: US has split up families and detained children throughout its history.More >>
    AP Explains: US has split up families and detained children throughout its history.More >>
  • Lewandowski on girl with Down syndrome: 'Wah wah'

    Lewandowski on girl with Down syndrome: 'Wah wah'

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 1:44 AM EDT2018-06-20 05:44:18 GMT
    A former campaign manager for Donald Trump has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic "Wah wah.".More >>
    A former campaign manager for Donald Trump has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic "Wah wah.".More >>
  • 'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 1:44 AM EDT2018-06-20 05:44:12 GMT
    (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...(U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their...More >>
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.More >>
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